Research Interests (300 words)
I am interested in the intersection between plant population/community ecology and human need. I aim to study the impacts of human activities (resource extraction, urbanization, agriculture, overgrazing, climate change, etc.) on plant ecology and how those changes further impact human communities. I particularly want to look at these changes occurring in Texas, Louisiana, and the greater Southwest, and aim to focus on plants used by local indigenous or otherwise disadvantaged communities. I also hope to develop projects to restore damaged areas to benefit both the plant and human inhabitants. Areas of interest include plant ecology, ethnobiology (ethnobotany), historical ecology, resource management, and restoration ecology.